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76       To the Hon. Henry Seymour Conway   [1740
conversation once a week. She has taken a vast palace and a vast garden, which is vastly commode, especially to the cicisbeo-part of mankind, who have free indulgence to wander in pairs about the arbours. You know her daughters: Lady Sophia is still, nay she must be, the beauty she was: Lady Charlotte7 is much improved, and is the cleverest girl in the world ; speaks the purest Tuscan, like any Florentine. The Princess Craon8 has a constant pharaoh and supper every night, where one is quite at one's ease. I am going into the country with her and the prince9 for a little while, to a villa of the Great Duke's. The people are good-humoured here and easy; and what makes me pleased with them, they are pleased with me. One loves to find people care for one, when they can have no view in it.
You see how glad I am to have reasons for not returning; I wish I had no better.
As to Hosier's Ghost I think it very easy, and consequently pretty; but, from the ease, should never have guessed it Glover's. I delight in your, the Patriots cry it upr and the courtiers cry it down, and the hawkers cry it vug and, down, and your laconic history of the King10 and Sir Eobert11, on
7 Lady Charlotte Fermor (d. 1813), second daughter of first Earl of Pom-fret; m. (1746), as Ms second •wife, Hon. William Finch, second son of sixth Earl of Winchelsea.   She was governess to the children of Q-eorge
8  The   Princess   Craon   was   the favourite mistress of Leopold, the last Duke of Lorraine, who married her to   M.  de  Beauvau, and prevailed on the Emperor to make him a Prince of the Empire.    They at this time resided at Florence, where Prince Craon was at the head of the council of regency.    WdLpole.
9  Marc   de   Beauvau,  Prince   de Craon.   His  position   subsequently
became unbearable, owing to the intrigues of his fellow-countryman., Bichecourt, and he retired to Lorraine, where he died in great poverty. (See Orrery, Letters from Italy, xx.)
™ King George II (1727-1760). He left England on May 6, returning on Oct. 8.
" Eobert Walpole (1676-1745), eldest surviving son of Eobert Walpole, of Houghton, Norfolk, by Mary, daughter and heiress of Sir Geoffrey BurweU,I£night,ofEougham,Suffolk; educated at Eton and King's College, Cambridge; succeeded to his father's estates, 1700 ; M.P. for Castte Eising, 1700-2; for King's Lynn, 1702-42; Secretary, at War, 1708-10; Treasurer